I definitely used to enjoy the occasional after-dinner espresso or iced coffee on a hot summer day, but I was never the type to wake-up and instantly make myself a coffee to start the day. And at brunch, I'd much sooner order herbal tea or a cocktail before a cup of joe.
I started getting into the habit of making myself a steaming mug of coffee topped off with a thick layer of foamy steamed heavy cream. It became a daily ritual that I looked forward to, and then once the sun came back and the days started heating up, I had to find a new way to start my day.
Note that despite the name, it's virgin, though I suspect it won't be long before this Puerto Rican girl throws a shot of rum in there for a weekend twist--if you try it before I do, let me know how it is!
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Frozen Mojito Coffee
Yields 1 serving
1 1/2 cup double-strength or cold-brewed coffee, chilled
1 1/2 cups ice
2 tablespoons raw turbinado sugar (use more or less according to taste)
10 large fresh mint leaves, rinsed and patted very dry
1/4 cup whole milk, half & half, or heavy cream (or whatever you usually use!)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a glass and sip immediately.